left to right - Jessica Ann Lape - 3rd runner-up, Katherine Bant - 2nd runner-up, Heather Graves - 1st runner-up,
Courtney Sheridan, Miss Mohawk Valley 2012
School: Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Platform: Silence Hides Violence: Speaking Out Against Teen Dating Violence
Talent: Belly Dance
Courtney Sheridan, 20, of Johnstown was crowned Miss Mohawk Valley 2012 during the annual pageant held Saturday (March 17th) at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School. Sheridan competed with contestants from across Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton and Montgomery Counties for the title and $1000 scholarship along with the opportunity to advance to the Miss New York Pageant in June. The winner from the state competition will then continue on to the Miss America Pageant. Sheridan will promote a platform of "Silence Hides Violence: Speaking Out Against Teen Dating Violence" during the next year as she makes appearances throughout the Mohawk Valley. Other awards presented are as follows:
Heather Graves of Caroga Lake - 1st runner-up and winner of a $500 scholarship
Katherine Bant of Johnstown - 2nd runner-up and winner of a $350 scholarship
Jessica Ann Lape of Canajoharie - 3rd runner-up and winner of a $250 scholarship
Bant was also the recipient of a $100 scholarship for community service and Lape is the winner of a $100 Miss Congeniality scholarship. Catherine Banks of Canajoharie was the People's Choice winner of a cash prize and the Spirit Award winner of a $50 scholarship.
The pageant featured entertainment by Miss Mohawk Valley 2011 Lynn Tryon as well as a vocal performance by Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte who was named 2nd runner-up at the Miss America pageant held earlier this year. The Miss Mohawk Valley pageant is held under the direction of Laurie Jean Britton and was presented in partnership with the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA.